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Photography Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Photographer

Photography is a great hobby or pastime, but it can also be an exciting career avenue. Photography programs at Ontario colleges not only teach students how to take beautiful and moving photos, but also how to market themselves as professionals in the photography industry.

If you’ve got a passion for taking pictures that you want to turn into a successful career as a photographer or photo industry professional, here’s what you need to know. More

Photography Courses

There are a variety of photography courses offered by Ontario’s colleges, each with a slightly different focus:

  • Creative and Applied Digital Photography. These programs examine how digital technology has changed the photography industry. Students will learn lighting techniques, colour and black and white photography production, and Photoshop, as well as studio techniques and how to produce high-end and location photography. Business skills will also be emphasized.
  • Photojournalism. Photojournalism is a unique program that combines photography with journalism and writing. Students learn to tell stories not only with their writing but with their pictures as well. Students will learn reporting and news judgment skills on top of their studies in photography and camera operation.
  • Photo Arts. Photo arts programs focus on darkroom photography, as opposed to digital. They also examine the political and social issues that are reflected in photography through past decades. Students will spend time in the studio working to build a portfolio.

General Photography Program Requirements

Ontario college photography programs offered at the certificate or diploma level typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. A grade 12 English credit may also be required. A basic knowledge of camera operation and some photography experience is highly recommended, and some programs may ask for a portfolio submission as part of the requirements.

Photography Jobs and Salaries

There are plenty of career options for photography program grads. Just a few include:

  • Photojournalist
  • Digital Imaging or Photo Editing Technician
  • Fashion, Editorial or Event Photographer
  • Freelance Photographer

Earnings in the industry will vary depending on the position. Salaried positions start close to $30,000 per year, but can move up quickly with experience. Freelance and contract work is typically paid hourly, with wages starting in the $30-an-hour range and running much higher with experience.

Ontario Colleges Offering Photography Management Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of photography programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Photography SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Photography


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PBAAP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Bachelor (Honours) of Photography Degree Completion SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Bachelor (Honours) of Photography Degree Completion


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PBAPP
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 3
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Graduates Of A 2 Year Ontario College Photography Diploma (Mtcu Code 51830, 51831 Or 71831). Graduates Must Have Completed The Program No Earlier Than 2005 And Graduated With A Minimum 2.4 Gpa. See Sheridan Website For More Details. Https://Academics.Sheridancollege.Ca/Programs/Bachelor-Of-Photography/Degree-Completion

Show details Creative Photography HUMBER NORTH OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Creative Photography


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 04801
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Creative Photography - Still and Motion MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Creative Photography - Still and Motion


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 277
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Digital Photography LAMBTON MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Digital Photography


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PHTD
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Digital Photography NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Digital Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0798
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Digital Photography and Imaging GEORGIAN BARRIE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Digital Photography and Imaging


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: DPAI
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Most of this program is delivered in Barrie's downtown core with student services offered at the main campus

Show details Digital Video GEORGIAN BARRIE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Digital Video


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: DVID
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Most of this program is delivered in Barrie's downtown core with student services offered at the main campus

Show details Independent Digital Photography SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Independent Digital Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: IDP
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Independent Digital Photography SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Independent Digital Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: IDP
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Independent Digital Photography SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Independent Digital Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: IDP
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Photo Arts (Accelerated) FLEMING HALIBURTON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Photo Arts (Accelerated)


  • Program Length: 15 WEEKS
  • Program Code: PHA
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Photographie LA CITÉ OTTAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Photographie


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 51006
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Photography ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0030X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Photography CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Photography


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 6406
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Photography DURHAM OSHAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Photography


  • Program Length: 4 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PHGR
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Photography FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PHT1
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Photography FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PHT1
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Photography FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Photography


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PHT1
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Photojournalism LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Photojournalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PHJN
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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